Singers The Best Female Vocalists Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the singers who can bring the best music to your ears with their voices.

List of the best female singers of all time, ranked by music fans and casual critics like you. Who are the greatest female vocalists ever? This list includes all the famous female singers from Aretha Franklin to Stevie Nicks to Christina Perri – those great women in music who have topped the charts for decades. Both solo singers and famous frontwomen in bands are among those on this list, as it is their voices to focus on here, not just their careers.

Vote: The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

This list of the top female singers are both living, like Adele and Madonna, and long gone, like Nico and Amy Winehouse, though their albums and singles continue to sell to loyal and new audiences. Vote up those great female voices you think should be at the top of the list, and vote down those who you think come in a bit flat. Click "rerank" to make a list of your own!

Rank: The Best Singers of All Time

1
22,764 17,128
Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Whitney Houston Pop music, Dance-pop, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Albums Of Whitney Houston

2
13,822 14,501
Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Aretha Franklin Pop music, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

See: The Best Albums Of Aretha Franklin

3
19,190 15,668
Celine Dion is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Celine Dion Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Songs Of Celine Dion

4
14,574 16,662
Barbra Streisand is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Jeff Bazell-Derby added Barbra Streisand Adult contemporary music, Show tune, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Barbra Streisand

5
15,221 16,745
Adele is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Adele Southern soul, Neo soul, Rock music

See: The Best Adele Music Videos 

6
20,988 17,148
Mariah Carey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Mariah Carey Hip hop music, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

See: The Best Mariah Carey Songs

7
10,822 11,224
Ella Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Ella Fitzgerald Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Ella Fitzgerald

8
14,591 13,149
Christina Aguilera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
tiummy added Christina Aguilera Hip hop music, Bubblegum pop, Rock music

See: The Best Songs Of Christina Aguilera

9
12,113 11,463
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Karen Carpenter Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Carpenters Albums of All Time

10
8,708 11,120
Tina Turner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Tina Turner Rock music, Dance-pop, Rhythm and blues

See: The Best Songs Of Tina Turner

11
10,311 9,654
Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Donna Summer New Wave, Disco, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Donna Summer

12
9,463 13,121
Stevie Nicks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Stevie Nicks Classic rock, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Albums Of Stevie Nicks

13
7,938 10,092
Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
KenWeiner added Billie Holiday Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

See: The Best Songs Of Billie Holiday

14
7,009 10,694
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Annie Lennox Blue-eyed soul, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Albums Of Annie Lennox

15
7,382 9,341
Amy Winehouse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Amy Winehouse Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Amy Winehouse

16
7,378 11,076
Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
utcbest added Janis Joplin Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

See: The Best Albums Of Janis Joplin

17
6,343 9,347
Linda Ronstadt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Linda Ronstadt New Wave, Rock music, Latin American music

See: The Best Albums Of Linda Ronstadt

18
6,982 9,260
Etta James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
huckleberry21 added Etta James Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll

See: The Best Songs Of Etta James

19
6,961 9,878
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Alicia Keys Hip hop music, Pop music, Neo soul

See: The Best Songs Of Alicia Keys

20
6,872 9,628
P!nk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
P!nk Hip hop music, Synthpunk, Pop punk

See: The Best Songs Of P!nk 

21
7,934 10,397
Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Beyoncé Knowles Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Beyoncé

22
7,723 10,433
Madonna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
First L added Madonna Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Albums Of Madonna

23
6,434 8,448
Kelly Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
FredNichols added Kelly Clarkson Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul

See: The Best Songs Of Kelly Clarkson

24
4,655 5,792
Patsy Cline is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patsy Cline Rock music, Swing music, Rockabilly

25
4,675 6,770
Pat Benatar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Pat Benatar New Wave, Rock music, Heavy metal

See: The Best Albums of Pat Benetar 

26
4,585 6,362
Ann Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ann Wilson Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

27
5,241 5,618
Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dolly Parton Ballad, Country pop, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Dolly Parton

28
5,732 10,140
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Olivia Newton-John Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

See: The Best Albums Of Olivia Newton-John

29
7,077 8,056
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

30
6,473 8,450
Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

31
3,817 4,678
Nina Simone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Nina Simone Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

See: The Best Albums of Nina Simone

32
4,835 4,939
Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Lady Gaga Pop music, Rock music, Electronic music

See: The Best Songs of Lady Gaga 

33
5,780 7,877
Cher is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cher Hip hop music, Rock music, Dance-pop

See: The Best Songs Of Cher

34
3,711 3,998
Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever

35
4,179 5,417
Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Shania Twain Country pop, Pop music, Rock music

See: The Best Songs of Shania Twain

36
4,736 5,722
Gladys Knight is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Gladys Knight Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music

37
3,204 4,287
Dusty Springfield is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Dusty Springfield Blue-eyed soul, Pop music, Traditional pop music

See: The Best Albums of Dusty Springfield

38
3,714 4,060
Carrie Underwood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Carrie Underwood Country pop, Pop music, Contemporary Christian music

39
4,780 5,925
Cyndi Lauper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Cyndi Lauper Adult contemporary music, New Wave, Pop music

See: The Best Songs Of Cyndi Lauper

40
3,599 4,949
Debbie Harry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
clash1977 added Debbie Harry Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, New Wave

See: The Best Albums Of Debbie Harry

41
4,230 5,145
Patti LaBelle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Patti LaBelle Doo-wop, Girl group, Ballad

42
2,801 3,398
Carole King is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Ashtro1969 added Carole King Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

See: The Best Albums of Carole King

43
3,850 4,894
Sarah McLachlan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah McLachlan Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Piano rock

See: The Best Songs of Sarah McLachlan

44
2,928 4,065
Sarah Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Sarah Vaughan Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

See: The Best Songs of Sarah Vaughan 

45
2,356 3,548
Joni Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Joni Mitchell Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

See: The Best Songs of Joni Mitchell

46
3,285 4,096
Norah Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Norah Jones Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

See: The Best Songs of Norah Jones 

47
4,144 4,927
Enya is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Enya New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music

See: The Best Albums Of Enya

48
3,920 4,851
Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Toni Braxton Hip hop music, Adult contemporary music, Pop music

See: The Best Songs of Toni Braxton

49
3,663 4,905
Édith Piaf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
Coolza added Édith Piaf Torch song, Chanson, Cabaret

50
2,195 3,319
Alanis Morissette is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Female Vocalists Ever
mal1 added Alanis Morissette Pop music, Rock music, Experimental rock